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The Moment

Published Jan 30, 2014 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 20 Contributors

    20 photos selected by

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer

    I saw this little White Chested Emerald taking his time, waiting his/her turn to go to the feeder...

    #whitechestedemerald #flight #moment #themoment #action #hummingbird #trinidad #nature

    What a fantastic group of images to get to experience as the curator of this Your Shot assignment, The Moment.

    Was it tough to select the final group of images to best illustrate this theme? Yes, it was. The caliber of work, in general, was very high. So how does one take this large body of photographs and choose the "best” images? It was difficult for sure.   

    First, during this process, I had to constantly remind myself of the assignment: The Moment. Many fine photos were shared in the group, and many of those didn’t exactly fit that filter. Some were about place, some were about character, others were about landscape. So using the criteria that this assignment was about “moment” helped to give clarity and direction to the process.

    Moments can be large, loud, and in your face. They can also be soft, gentle, and intimate. Some of the large and explosive moments made it into the final selection, as did some of the quiet and personal moments. It really came down to the power of the image.

    The rising sun provides plenty of backlight for this 'moment in time' as a solo fisherman at Snap...

    #landscape #travel2013 #travel #ocean #themoment #australia #water #nature #fishing #wave #goldcoast

    Editor's Note

    I love this photo. The gigantic moment of the wave crashing against the shore balanced by the figure of the fisherman created such a compelling image. Adding great light to the photo really pushed it over the top.

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer

    Afternoon prayer ceremony at Tengboche Monastery, Nepal. This is where Everest expeditions, start...

    #monks #trekkinginnepal #monastery #culture #travel #mountain #prayer #everestbasecamptrek

    Editor's Note

    The one monk bowing and the other in the beautiful light create a very powerful feeling for this time and place. The monk’s face contained within the shaft of light becomes the center for this image, the hand reaching in the moment.

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer

    We decided to have a totally different Xmas in 2009–and wow was it different. Temperature of 42de...

    #springbok #wildlife #moments #fawn #nature #kill #bridgena #cheetah #kgalagadi

    Editor's Note

    I looked at many wildlife images, but few brought the moment to the foreground like this photo. The composition and timing is impeccable; the lighting is so nice. Look at how the ears of the springbok faun fill the left middle of the frame; the “bookends” of the two cheetah frame the victim perfectly. So m... More

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer

    The power of the Criollo horses at the Cabanha Ipuã located in Paranà, Brazil. The Criollo is the...

    #america #moment #brazil #horse #wild #nature #gaucho #animal #mammal #south #wildlife #parana #action

    Editor's Note

    Immersing the viewer of your photography into an image is a great way of engaging that person. Here, the photographer has placed the camera (and hopefully not themselves) in the direct path of these horses–capturing a great moment showing the power of these animals. Also, look how critical a couple of comp... More

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer

    Photo arose during filming

    #stuntman #battle #cossack #hystoric

    Pacu Jawi consists of two syllables that is meaningful Pacu track, being Jawi mean cow or cows, ...

    #animal #race #people #travel #water #bull

    This photograph is of a gull hitting the brakes in mid-flight while in competition for a few airb...

    #amazing #bird #ocean #nature #california #animal #seagull #photography #los_angeles #natgeo #fly #sea

    Several things attracted me to the final images. One of the most important factors for me was that the image had to be unique. There's an old saying that everything has been photographed, so what I looked for were images that surprised me, that left me in awe of that particular photo. The image also had to be complete, meaning that a powerful moment couldn't be attained in a frame that was lacking in compositional integrity and structure. Photographers are often so entranced by the great energy of the moment that we forget to think about the composition of the image—what's on the edges of the frame. I suggest that you think of your camera's viewfinder as your "canvas." Like a painter, the photographer is responsible for every square inch of the viewfinder. Also, when the power of a moment starts to build, we often tend to automatically center the image so as not to lose the split second of the moment. When we center something, it usually creates a more boring image. We like asymmetry. Photographs that incorporated composition along with the moment became the unifying thread in the final selection.

    A child was playing with a kite. A magic moment in Itaparica

    #salvadordebahia #kid #kite #boy #play #playing #brazil #see #itaparica #playa

    A street performer is carried upside down along Edinburgh Scotland's famed Royal Mile during the ...

    #uk #performer #culture #travel #fringe #alexsnyder #arts #red #scotland

    This was the ending of a family portrait session, a storm was rolling in over the front range. I ...

    What I love about photography is how every situation presents a unique and one-of-a-kind opportunity: This panorama of life passing before us is never repeated—it’s always special. Approaching a photo opportunity with the idea that there is a best photo to be made, maybe not the best picture ever made, but best for that situation, enhances the possibility of a strong photo.   

    After an afternoon photographing dogs and owners at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, there was ju...

    #texas #golden #fetch #retreiver #austin #ball #dog

    Editor's Note

    As a dog owner, I know this look upon the immediate viewing of this very funny photo. This is about anticipation of moment. I really love the lighting in this, as well as the cityscape of Austin in the background. So, we actually have two components going on here: moment (or anticipation there of) and plac... More

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer

    One day, I visited the quaint village of Gordes, but there were so many tourists, I decided to le...

    #kitten #moment #siamese #france #gordes #cat #assignment

    In this picture, a pariah dog and a woman, each on their side. The laying dog reminds me of that ...

    #rajasthan #pariah #straydogs #indian #india #jodhpur #blue #dog #red

    The photo was taken at Ngwe Saung Beach, Myanmar. Using waterproof bag to get the low angle and p...

    #myanmar #beach #lifestyle #travel #aperture21 #water #blackdream #greatnature #adventure #people

    Editor's Note

    This image puts the viewer into the frame, thereby really engaging the viewer. Edge to edge information addresses the idea of using your viewfinder as a canvas. The water drops provide visual information that the toss has just occurred or is being pulled back in, and the silhouette of the tosser ties the f... More

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer

    Young Spotted Eagle Rays feed in a shallow lagoon at night, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands. Truly a...

    #caymanislands #spottedeaglerays #narinari #aetobatus #grandcayman

    Nikon D200 Exif: f5.6 ; 1/1250; ISO-250; Focal Lengh-70mm

    #power #amazing #surfers #sebastiao #moment #freshness #splash #energy #respect

    Shot taken at a regional festival in honor of a saint Antonio

    Editor's Note

    A rather devilish-looking image, the fact that the leaper is just hitting the ground, the body mo... More

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer

    Shakrain Festival is celebrated in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the end of the Bangla month Poush (Januar...

    #shakrain #bazar #bangladesh #old #dhaka #shakhari

    Editor's Note

    Wow, now this one is just bizarre–one component of why I really like this image. Shooting wide to encompass the background, the photographer waited for the critical moment of flame arising from the people at the top. Are they fire-eaters? Not sure, but it is great. Also, look how those puffs of smoke suppo... More

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer

    Every year I love to climb the beautiful Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala, my country. I was speec...

    #fuego #acatenango #rayos #guatemala #thunders #november16 #night #89sec #long_exposure #full_moon

    Editor's Note

    This image grabs you by the eyeballs. This would have been an appealing photo without the lightning in the background, but combining two events of nature makes this a striking image. The lesson here: Give your situation time for something to develop. However, you may not be the best traveling partner for y... More

    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer

    We communicate primarily through images; this is how we recall the moments of our lives. As visual creatures, we process memory in images, and as the most sophisticated generation ever in terms of visuals, our need for strong photos has never been greater. Bombarded on a daily basis with visually strong ads, movies, and images, we dismiss poor imagery. Every second tens of thousands of snapshots are posted on social media sites, but very few real photographs are shared. So I think the job of the photographer is to create powerful and engaging photographs that will pull viewers into the world of an image-maker.

    About the Editor
    Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer
    Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman has shot more than 25 assignments for National Geographic and has visited every continent as an expert and photo instructor on National Geographic Expeditions, recently leading Trekking With the Maasai. He has taught at Sante Fe Workshops and Maine Media Workshops, among others. With his ...
    231 comments
    Vignesh Rao
    Vignesh Rao

    These are truly breathtaking photographs

    Dharam Sahdev
    Dharam Sahdev

    These are in true sense great pictures, Great Moments . Congratulations to all Photographers and the Judges as well for the right selection.. From Dharam Sahdev 

    VISWA M
    VISWA M

    Amazing Pictures congrats to all

    luis salcedo
    luis salcedo

    wonderful moments ... for the eternity 

    Savannah Chappus
    Savannah Chappus

    Amazing! Photos are unbelievable! Notes are precise and clear. Amazing!

    Rade Jankovic
    Rade Jankovic

    Veoma popularne, obrazovne i korisne fotografije koje se snimaju u jednom trenutku vremena. Nikada ne znate šta ćete sresti na vašem putu gde god da idete ili se zeteknete. I ja koristim isti metod. Neke od fotografija sam postavio na svoju obrazovnu grupu "Ecology, Environment&Nature Group-EENG isključivo u obrazovne svrhe i da bi se studenti i ostali zainteresovani za ekologiju, životnu sredinu i prirodu upoznali a na kraju i nešto novo naučili. Nadam se da mi nećete zameriti što to činim.  U ovoj grupi ništa ne radimo u komercijalne svrhe već isključivo u obrazovne svrhe. Veoma su korisni kratki komentari i opisi pojedinih situacija.   

    Maribeth Sauer
    Maribeth Sauer

    This shot really demonstrates "The Moment".  Breathtaking!

    saif chowdhury
    saif chowdhury

    Truly amazing shot.. great shot come out when ur eyes and lens are cover always open. 

    Alok Das
    Alok Das

    Excellent,


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    Md. Mahfuz.
    Md. Mahfuz.

    Awesome ... Some of them are my dream shot.

    Geethu Gangadhar
    Geethu Gangadhar

    These are such mesmerizing photographs... :D very inspiring :D and eye catching 

    Angela Stanton
    Angela Stanton

    Wonderful pictures! Congrats to all of you and to Jay Dickman for looking through 20993 pictures to find the favorites! They are perfectly chosen and well deserved!

    Kristian Isaksen
    Kristian Isaksen

    They're all so breathtaking - brilliant, momentous pictures

    jees john
    jees john

    Congratulations to all amazing works.  

    Christian Lepley
    Christian Lepley

    What this assignment did for me was capture heart stopping moments happening all around us. Moments that come and go in the blink of an eye. Thank you everyone.

    ana pego
    ana pego

    Congratulations to all of you. Awsome. 

    Rituraj Dixit
    Rituraj Dixit

    Really great moments.

    Congratulations to all.

    Alston E.
    Alston E.

    these shot are very very good, shots makes you want to take images  more and more.

    shohreh h.
    shohreh h.

    Fantastic. Your shots remind me of realistic action movies, but they are more meticulous.

    Robert Devrome
    Robert Devrome

    subject, context, ambience .... a symbiotic relationship.  terrific!

    kaustubh Tarale
    kaustubh Tarale

    This all assignment n stories is great!! NGO Photoraphers selecting the images n many upload I enjoy it all

    Its great!!


    Denis Lalonde
    Denis Lalonde

    Wonderful examples of light and moments captures

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